Media personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa has refuted allegations that are circulating on social media that she is abusing government resources. Some people had denounced her for her alleged hypocrisy while others have asked her to explain herself on why she was running her new television show from the School of Health Sciences at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Some had attributed this, to Ruvheneko taking advantage of her father, David Parirenyatwa‘s position as Minister of Health to use the facilities at the hospital for free, while medical students have to pay fees to access and maintain the same resources.
However, Ruvheneko addressed these allegations saying that contrary to popular perception, she actually rented the premises for her shoot. She also stressed that the facility to rent the premises has always been there and is open to anyone else, who may be interested in doing so, irrespective of the father’s position. She added that her father, had no idea at all that she had used the School of Health Sciences to shoot an episode of her show until she told him.
My production team looked high and low for me for the best place to shoot season 1 of “Ruvheneko.” They led me to the School of Health Sciences. I did not even know they had this facility. I met the team there, I made a down payment, I shot my first episode at the Meikles Hotel because it is beautiful there and it was fitting for the Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry. I will host shows in various locations based on who my guests are. My second episode was on my set, at the School of Health Sciences, where one pays an amount each time they shoot. My father, until I sent him messages that were going around speculating and critiquing my set location, did not know that’s where my set was located. He had and has nothing to do with me using it. It is open to the public and I am the public, as Ruvheneko. I do not and never have abused any health facility or education facility because of who my father is.
Ruvheneko also stresses that she should be judged on her own merits and not those of her father, or of the government.
I hope that those that appreciate my work will respect me as Ruvheneko and separate me from the perception and sad truths in some instances that those in power in our country, together with their direct blood relations can and have abused public funds or facilities. I am Ruvheneko. Until I do or say anything ‘below board’, by all means, attack, judge and vindicate me because I will be guilty and deserving. For now, let me do my job and let me be Ruvheneko.
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